We've been talking about embu lately - how to do a good demo - a demo that does several things, including
- shows that the student knows some things - "Wow! That guy is really good at this!"
- shows that the student is improving - "Wow! That guy is a lot better than last time!"
- creates social validity for the school - "Wow! Mokuren Dojo is really good at this!"
- creates self-confidence in the student - "Wow! I'm really good at this!"
You don't want to repeat a LOT of material every time because that is a recipe for boring the joseki to sleep, but you should at least show some repeated material.
What I'm thinking about for this is to have all rank embu start with koshiki kihon (a short, somewhat casual exercise where you demonstrate 21 falls in about 3 minutes) and the clock exercise (1-2 minutes where you demonstrate moving into and between various groundwork positions).
By having everyone demonstrate these at every level, it provides a sort of baseline against which improvements will be obvious.
Here is a video of a guy doing a clock exercise in a little different way than we usually do - but you get the idea of what I'm talking about.
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